The Svalbard Global Seed Vault( more commonly known as the Doomsday Vault) is a fortress hid deep in the Arctic to safeguard “the worlds” seeds from environmental crisis, cataclysmic campaigns, and anything else humanity chucks at the world. But last month, it was faced with an an early warning system from the environment when melted permafrost divulged intothe vault’s downward-sloping entryway passageway. Doh.
In the brightnes of this minor hiccup, the seed bank is now receiving a multimillion dollar revamp.
The work is being carried out under a better safe than sorry doctrine, the Norwegian caretakersannounced in a statement, as no seeds were harmed in the recent flooding and the Crop Trust insists the vault is still a very safe installation.
“No worries! The seeds are safe and the building is being improved to prevent any further issues, ” Global Crop Diversity Trust echoed in aFacebook post .“It does show that we need to take climate change seriously.”
The vault’s renovation work become involved in investigatingalternative access tunnels, improved drainage furrows, waterproofed walls, removing heat generators in the tunnel, carrying out further experiment on the surrounding permafrost, and increased surveillance all over the admissions. These measures are expected to take place from now until 2018. The bill will be footed by the Norwegian government, who own the tomb and entirely funded its initial$ 9 million construction.
For me, it is obvious to build an entering tunnel upwards, so the ocean can run out, Arne Kristoffersen, a former coal miner who used to work in the Svalbard area, told the Guardian. I am really surprised they induced such a stupid construction.
Located in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, the seed bank is found at the end of a 130 -meter( 426 -foot) passageway deep inside the mountain, which is kept iced by both permafrost and artificial ice. It currently maintains more than 930,000 seed tests and has the capacity to storage a total of four. 5 million varieties.
Its purposeis to catalog and store samples of the worlds most precious seeds, including samples from the US, the UK, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Benin, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Morocco. These sampleswill be used as a backup genebank, in cases where there neighbourhood genebanks being lost due to calamities, campaign, mismanagement, funding cuts, or natural disasters.
The vault has only been in action since 2008 but its already had some success stories. When conflict struck Syria in 2015, the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas in Aleppo requested seeds from Svalbard so it could continue its breeding the programmes in Morocco and Lebanon. After success with their job, the seeds were returned to the Svalbard bank earlier this year.
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